Category Archives: Music

Perturbator

 

Perturbator is James Kent, a French electronic musician from Paris.

Kent has a background as a guitarist in several black metal bands. Since 2012, he has produced electronic music inspired by cyberpunk culture and with inspiration from movies like Akira, Ghost In The Shell and The Running Man.

He uses a variety of software synths in his productions, such as the emulators of old vintage synths like the OB-X or the CS-80. Since his debut EP Night Driving Avenger he has released four full-length albums.

The music is Synthwave, often dark and brooding but always a full-on synth-heavy sound. It’s like Symphonic Rock for synthesizers !

As the albums are free on bandcamp, they are probably the most popular in this genre.

 

Pearl & Nimmo

Blame It On Abba
How I ditched my day job to chase a childhood dream
by Lisa Nimmo (2018)
Lisa Nimmo has a dream…. to become a rock star. This musical adventure is proof that it’s never too late to follow your heart, reinvent yourself and become the person you were born to be.

I don’t remember this duo, the album ‘No Ordinary Day’ came out in 2006 and achieved some success. This is the story of the band told by Nimmo in a very personal way.

I heard an interview on Radio NZ that made me interested in the book.

 The Album on Spotify

Lisa’s Web Page

Shelley Mac (the other half of Pearl)

 

 

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Poemme

Poemme is from Cleveland Ohio.

And the immediate comparison is to Steve Roach’s ‘Structures from Silence’. All the music has a floating, hypnotic quality. It’s relaxing and just the type of music for relieving stress.

 

 

Silent Structures

Structures from Silence
by Steve Roach (1984)

A landmark album from the modern master of the ambient.

This is the third album by the American ambient musician Steve Roach. This is his first purely textural album, with a smooth, dark, gentle atmosphere unlike any of his other albums.

The first time I heard this I didn’t know quite what to make of it. I found the best result was to lie down in the dark with headphones on and lit it wash over me.

30 Year Review

 

Jay Sun

Jay Tausig released his epic series ‘A Trip Around the Sun’ in 2012.
I came across it at the time and was impressed with the samples online.

Subscription was $40, and over the course of a year he released 12 albums. Each one based on a sign on the Zodiac. The music was all downloads and with high resolution cover art.

All very impressive. The music ranges from Space Rock to Jazz. Some if it very mellow, to straight out Metal.

Guests include Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa) , Bridget Wishart (Hawkwind, Spirits Burning) Anne Leighton, and Thom Worldpoet (Gong).

 

Eternal Wand

Journey Out Of Time
by Eternal Wanderers (2017)
Another strange find, this time from Mytishchi, Russia. Part space rock, electronic and avant-garde noise with wordless female vocals.

MUSICIANS
Elana Kanevskaya – Vocals, Keyboards, Samplers
Tatyana Kanevskaya – Guitars, Charango, Backing Vocals, Samplers
Dimitri Shtatnov – Bass, Backing Vocals, Analog Synths, Effects
Sergey Rogulya – Drums, Percussion

 

Salvanos

Andy Salvanos
FRAGMENTS is the 2007 debut album by Chapman Stick player Andy Salvanos. From Adelaide, Australia this features a cross-section of early work, including “new folk” compositions, fully improvised material, and some tracks arranged with loops and electronic drums.

It’s somewhere between ECM style jazz and world music. Very calming and subtle. There are five free albums of solo stick playing on Bandcamp.